Programs of study

The Centre on Aging is not a teaching unit, but supports education in gerontological and aging-related areas. The University of Manitoba offers several opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students. These programs are managed by units other than the Centre on Aging.

Students Targeting Aging Research (STAR)

The Centre on Aging hosts the Students Targeting Aging Research (STAR) group. Any UM student is invited to attend and take part in meetings.

Co-curricular record (CCR)

UM students have two options available to them for getting recognition for their participation in university-approved activities on their co-curricular record during the academic year for the following aging related activities.

  • Students who complete 10 approved hours of attending meetings and volunteering at the Annual Spring Research Symposium will be eligible to receive the STAR Volunteerism and participation credit on their co-curricular record.
  • Launching in Fall 2022, students who attend a minimum of 6-one hour approved aging related events and complete a reflection form will receive recognition for the Knowledge development in aging on their CCR.

Consider a career in aging

Explore various option on what aging-related careers are available. Students interested in learning about aging-related opportunities in the areas of education and career opportunities are welcome to talk to us about these upcoming opportunities.

  • Why a career in aging?

    Aging-related careers are the fastest growing in the world right now. Working with older people can be a very rewarding career, whether you are pursuing a career in the medical field, as a social worker, resource coordinator, researcher, financial/retirement planning, travel agent, or marketing. Media outlets such as the Toronto Star, Stria Network have highlighted the career opportunities in the field of aging.

    Statistics Canada identified in their demographic projections that one in five Canadians should be aged 65 and older in 2024. As the population grows older, so too does the opportunity to work with older people.

Student career resources

Career Services assists all University of Manitoba undergraduate and graduate students with career planning and job search questions.

Every year, the GSA hosts a Careers in Aging week. The GSA has a number of videos, documents, and resources available online to help you explore various aging related careers.

The American Psychological Association developed a guide, Exploring Careers in Aging, to help students think about careers in aging that might best match your personal interests.

Student interest groups on aging

The Student Connection–Connexion Étudiante (SC-CÉ) is a national network for students interested in aging issues. The SC-CÉ is organized by student members of the Canadian Association on Gerontology (CAG).

The National Geriatric Interest Group (NGIG), is the student group of the Canadian Geriatrics Society. The NGIG seeks to improve the medical care of older Canadians through the promotion of geriatric education and by providing financial and mentorship resources to Canadian medical students interested in the care of older adults.

Aging-related career videos

Connect the ages highlights stories from young professionals and students who decided to pursue a career in aging.

The NGIG produced a video, Career routes in seniors’ care, describing careers in Geriatrics, Geriatrics Psychiatry, and Care of the Elderly for medical students with an interest in working with older adults.

Student job opportunities

Occasionally, the Centre on Aging offers jobs open to UM students. Check back for future opportunities.

Get involved

The Centre on Aging is an interdisciplinary unit at the University of Manitoba. We provide support to students interested in aging through various opportunities.

Contact us

Centre on Aging
338 Isbister Building
183 Dafoe Rd
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada

204-474-8754
Monday to Friday, 8 am to 4 pm